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N Cape cops appear on drug-related charges

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“They were charged for defeating the ends of justice and racketeering and were released on bail of R2 000 each.”

File picture: Independent Media

THREE South African Police members stationed at the Upington Crime Prevention unit will re-appear in court next year, for their alleged involvement in a drug syndicate operating in Upington.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Philani Nkwalase said the accused Sergeant Willem Dawid Louw, 48, Constable Bruce Ben Nel, 29 and Constable Ebenezer Byron van Rooi, 38 were arrested by the Hawks’ serious organised crime unit, following the arrest of five suspects for dealing in drugs and drug trafficking on March 13.

He stated that the three police officers appeared in the Upington Magistrate’s Court on December 15 where the case was postponed until February 20 2018.

“They were charged for defeating the ends of justice and racketeering and were released on bail of R2 000 each.”

Nkwalase added that another two suspects were arrested and charged for money laundering and racketeering on October 19.

“A total of 10 suspects were nabbed during the Hawks’ intelligence driven investigation project that dismantled the drug syndicate.

Meanwhile an accused who was arrested on charges of possession of ivory was denied bail in the Kuruman and Olifantshoek magistrate’s courts.

The accused Albert Mosimanyane, 53, appeared along with Riaan Malgas, 31 and Mothusi Joel Tshibithi, 36 in the Kuruman magistrate’s court on December 11, where Malgas and Tshibithi were granted bail of R5 000 each.

They were arrested at Kuruman airport in possession of two elephant tusks on December 8.

Nkwalase said that Mosimanyane appeared on another charge involving the possession of ivory on the N14 road between Upington and Olifantshoek on October 17.

He said Mosimanyane appeared in court for both cases on December 14 and 15.

“Bail was withdrawn on the Olifantshoek case, that was postponed until January 18 next year. Bail was also denied in the Kuruman case. The court case was postponed until January 21 2018.”